Mysterious “invisible friend” – The strange behaviour of a Kerry Blue Terrier

Question from the farmer

"Hi! I have a Kerry Blue Terrier named Bella who always acts like she is playing with an invisible friend in the house.

She runs up and down, barks in the air, and sometimes chases me in places where there is nothing! Is this normal behaviour for a dog this size or should I be worried?"

Vet's reply

"Hi! Dog behaviour is very different and depends on many factors such as age, health, environment and temperament.

Kerry Blue Terriers are very playful and energetic and like to have something to do.

If Bella's behaviour is not a problem and she shows no signs of pain or stress, there is probably no cause for concern. She seems to just be entertaining herself in her own way!

However, if Bella's behaviour is disturbing or a cause for concern – for example, if it is too intense or if it interferes with daily life – it is worth seeing a behaviour specialist who can help you find the cause of the behaviour and work out a solution.

Some dogs play with 'imaginary friends', but if the behaviour is very frequent or overly intense, it is worth looking for other health problems.

Certain neurological conditions or vision problems can also cause similar behaviour!

Keep an eye out for any changes in your dog's behaviour and if you have any concerns, consult a professional in person!

I hope this answer has helped and that Bella can continue to enjoy playing, whether it's with an invisible friend or a real one!"